How to Find the Best Real Estate Agent
When you are ready to buy or sell a home, you'll need the help of a real estate agent. There are several different types of real estate agents, and it's important to choose the right one for your needs. Here are steps you can take to find the best agent for your situation:
Choosing a real estate agent is an important decision
A real estate agent can help you find the right home. Many people choose a real estate agent based on price, but that may not be the best way of finding an agent who can help them with their needs.
Finding the right home can be a difficult decision and choosing the right real estate agent is an essential part of that process. Real estate agents are licensed and trained to help you find the right home for your needs and budget, including checking out locations and houses that might suit your needs better than others.
Real estate agents are paid by commission, which means they get paid when they sell your house or if they negotiate with another party who wants to buy it from you
There are several types of real estate agents.
- A broker is someone who holds a real estate license and has access to the MLS, or multiple listing service. The broker's job is to help you find the home that's right for you, whether it's listed on the MLS or not. If a home is not on the market yet but its owner wants to sell it, a broker can show it to potential buyers without putting it through the usual listing process (which involves paying fees).
- Real estate agent is another term for a licensed salesperson who represents your interests when looking for homes for sale in your desired area. This person will also guide you through any paperwork needed as part of buying and selling property—from writing offers to drawing up contracts and handling escrow accounts on your behalf.
- Relator refers generally to all licensed salespeople who represent clients in real estate transactions; however, some states use this term only when referring specifically to those who work with buyers because they tend toward professions such as realtors or brokers instead
Check online for reviews and ratings.
One of the easiest ways to find a good real estate agent is by checking online for reviews. You can check an agent's website, or look at sites like Yelp and Google+. If you know someone who has bought or sold property recently, ask them if they have any recommendations. Even if they don't happen to know anyone they can refer you to, they may be able to give you additional insight into how much experience an agent has in your area.
If possible, try talking with some other agents who are in the same industry as the ones on your list. They'll likely have more information about what it's like working with each one of them—and might even be able to give you some hints that could help narrow down your choices!
Real estate agents are usually paid by commission.
If you hire a real estate agent, he or she will earn a commission. The amount of that commission depends on several factors and is negotiable between the buyer and seller. Most commonly, agents are paid 6% of the sale price. This is usually split between the buyer's agent (2-3%) and seller's agent (3-4%).
The buyer typically pays this fee directly to his or her own agent at closing.
Ask the agent to sign a buyer's agent agreement.
A buyer's agent agreement should be a written contract between you and the agent. The agreement should include:
- The commission rate the agent will receive if you buy or sell a home using his or her services.
- Your responsibilities to communicate with your real estate agent throughout the process, including providing information about your preferences and needs as they relate to properties that come up for sale in your area. (For example, are you looking for a house in an urban setting or would you rather live farther away from downtown?)
Your real estate agent will also have some responsibilities under this agreement, such as showing homes that meet your criteria and communicating with other agents on behalf of their clients when dealing with offers and counteroffers on properties that interest both buyers' agents.
Be sure to choose the real estate agent that is best for you.
Choosing the best real estate agent can be a tricky process. You could ask your friends and family for recommendations, but if they don’t live in your neighborhood, it may not be as helpful. The same is true of online searches—you could find an excellent listing on Zillow or Trulia but have no idea whether or not that agent is locally based and available for you to work with.
The best way to find an agent who knows your area well is through a referral from another trusted source like a local realtor or broker (who may even have personal relationships with multiple agents). They can help match you up with someone who will take care of all of your needs from start to finish.
I hope you’ve found this guide helpful for finding your ideal real estate agent. There are many options, so it can be difficult to know where to start. The best way is always to research online and ask friends who have recently bought homes or sold their own properties. Good luck!